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Volume V, Issue 8 -Oct. 7 7-23, 7 995 Profile: Keith Fitzgerald by Rocky Swift "An academic degree in political science is pretty useless for anything but an academic career," concedes Assistant Professor of Political Science Keith Fitzgerald as he sits in Professor Doenecke's College Hall office. The persistent construction in College Hall has forced Fitzgerald to inhabit the vacationing professor s office [I Nevertheless, Keith Fitzgerald pursued a political science degree in his hometown college in Louisvil1e, Kentucky and is now up for tenure as New College's Professor of Political Science. "I think anyone who goes through the tenure process has a certain amount of anxiety," he says. Fitzgerald and Assistant Professor of Asian Religions and Culture John Newman are both up for promotion and tenure. Tenure basically secures a professor's job for life. Fitzgerald received his Ph.D in political science from Indiana University and went on to his first professorship at Grinnell College in Iowa Six years of midwestern weather in a "podunk" Iowa town compelled Fitzgerald to consider other schools, especially New College. "Unlike a lot of people, I knew exactly what I was getting into," says Fitzgerald. "It was the kind of place I wanted to come to to other CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE Cops ... Dean Michalson Alternative Food 4 5 6 Alicia Quintano 7 Drugs . 8 Sex on a Plate 10 Editorial . . II 11Boo!11 EIGHT THOUSAND DOLLARS OF PPP by Evan Greenlee After $8000, tweaking everything in sight, three months of testing, and a lot of cursing l a ter the student run computer Last year it seemed the University would drag it's feet for a long time before installing a PPP connection students wanted. The Mac Lab TA's at the time lab now has a point to point protocol link decided to set up their own. They bought to the internet. The a system called Mac Lab TA' s get a Tribe Link for few moments rest With point to point protocol (PPP) $6700. Eight phone you can remotely browse the internet before the University h hi lines have been wit grap cs duplicates their efUntil recently you were limited to kept up since mid forts and opens up transferring text, but now modems (the April running the another point to point hardware that aJJows computers to "talk" MacLab about P rotocol (PPP) sysover the phone lines) can transfer $I3 00. The total information more quickly. With today's tern. The University has, in the past, sup plied all the connec tions to the internet for students. This is why you have to go over to Palmer A and modems you can transfer graphics within $8000 came from seconds. student activities This allows you to run internet and service fees. It browsers like Netscape from your own costs $2496 a year computer. With a PPP link you can now to keep the eight do anything on the internet that you once had to walk over to the Publications Lab phone lines open. or the Teaching Lab. Cooper, in the ..__ ______________ ___,meantime, has dutalk with Duff Cooper, Director of Cam pus Computing, in order to get access to the Internet. plicated the students' efforts. He plans to have the university system up and runCONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MARRIOTT AND STUDENTS BOND by Amanda Loos At the first organized meeting of the Food Service Committee two Wednesdays ago, Food Service Director Peggy Hendon responded to student concerns brought up by committee members Meg Hayes and Heidi Paskoski, with "I'll check on it." Vegan Pepperoni? "I feel a need to be an advocate ... we're losing the students' confidence," said Mark Johnson, Director of Student Affairs, concerning the issue of being sensitive to vegetarians and vegans. He said that the majority of comp l aints he receives are from students with restricted diets. "I'm sensitive to that," said Chef Steven Hodes, saying that he now prepares forty dishes for vega ns, and that he also doesn't put meat in the soups or sauces. There have been many meals in which vegan entrees have not offered at all. Lunch on the day of the meeting consisted of cheese and pepperoni calzones, and chicken parmesan. Hendon and Hodes expressed that it is hard to prepare meals for everyone and still feasibly run the food service. "I have 300 kids. I don't know everybody [and their needs]," said Hodes. "If it's selling, it's saying to me that students like it," said Johnson. Hodes suggested putting out a survey to find out how many vegetarian and vegan students there are at New College. "I would say 85% eat dairy," he CONTINUED ON PAGE 3
2 The Catalyst Oct. 17-23, 1995 FROM PAGE 1 liberal arts colleges, this is a very happy place." Fitzgerald s doctorate in political science gives him a unique perspedive on the political slant of New College Students today are far less interested in mainstream politics than they used to be," he says. "It's encouraging to me that there are students still interested in political things," he continued. But to a professor of political science, much of the activist sentiments seem passe "It's a little bit disappointing that new approaches and realistic approaches aren't very common. Some of it does seem romantic and tired." Fitzgerald has offered his own work to the political science community with his scholarly book, Face of the Nation Due on bookshelves this spring, the work examines how the United States' stance on immigration laws has affected the nation as a whole. "Immi gration policy serves as a mirror by which we identify ourselves," says Fitzgerald. As to who will win the current presidential race. Fitzgerald notes that the only known fact is that no one can predict how the race will go. ''We know that people's opinions are more volatile than they've ever been "That's not a weasely answer," he insists "We can not predict what things will be like in a year Bf General Editor lien Zazueta-Audirac Managing Editor Kate Fink Staff Writers Dan Berke, Evan Greenlee, Matthew Grieco, Rachael Lininger, Amanda Loos, James Reffell, Graham Strouse, and Rocky Swift Layout Kelly Nichols and Matthew Spitzer Business Manager Sara Foley Computer Guy Steve Wilder Contributor James Todd Bourgeois Pig Ken Burruss "PPP" FROM PAGE 1 ning with twelve phone lines this week. The systems will not overlap as much initially as they will eventually. Cooper only has software to support Windows users. This does not mean that Mac own ing students cannot benefit from the uni versity PPP system, they will just have to supply their own software. The Mac Lab supports both IBM's and Mac's. In addi tion Tribe Link allows Mac users to access the Publications Lab file server. Eventually the university will sup ply software for Mac users and will in-crease the number of phone lines to twenty-four The university system does not come out of A&S fees. The future of Tribe Link is up in the air. Roco Maglio, head of the Mac Lab, plans to keep Tribe Link running for the remainder of the year. If he is the head of the Mac Lab next year he says that he will look in to selling it. Cooper would like to see the student system remain open. Even with twenty four phone lines, students will have trouble logging on, and the additional eight lines from Tribe Link will reduce the load. SuPER SANDWICHEs, HOMEMADE SouPs, lus CIOUS PASTA & RICE DISHES. WE HAVE AN ORGANIC SALAD BAA & GREAT JUICE BAA WITH ORGANIC VE
The Catalyst Oct. 1 7-23, 1 995 3 said. Hayes and Paskoski agreed to put out such a survey "Not everyone is a vegetarian," said Hendon. Many students "who say they're vegetarians, buy meat entrees," she said. Trying to be Good Eggs The latest is ue for vegans who attempt to draw sustenance from Marriott is that the veggie burgers are made with egg whites. "It [the egg whites] was brought to our attention," said Hendon as she explained that she and Hodes have been thinking, "maybe we should bring in a new vendor," to supply veggie burgers free of animal bi-products. Marriott currently purchases veggie burgers from Morningstar Farms. They looked into Tree of Life, whose burgers would cost students in the range of five dollars a piece. "Tree of Life is not cheap," said Hodes, "but they're consistent." They deliver every week, but orders must be over $300 for them to sell products to Marriott. "At least I've looked into that," said Hendon. Johnson suggested getting expertise from other schools with strong vegetarian and vegan programs. "Let's upscale the vegetarian and vegan side ... skew the balance," said Johnson. Hendon and Hodes are working on new menus. They said they are open to suggestions from students, but the menus must be Marriott-created. "Please, sir, may I have some more?" Students have come in forty-five minutes before the cafeteria closes to find that all entrees are gone, and the burger case is empty. "One of the main gripes I've heard," said Paskoski, referred to students' mandatory food service payments. Poor food quality and lack of enough food can, she said, "wreck the rest of my day. I paid this money; I want to eat something ... maybe my schedule doesn't coincide and I get there ten minutes before closing." "My understanding, initially," said Johnson, "was that it was a matter of seeing the patterns and adjusting accordingly." He said that the problem sti II persists. ''I'm not preparing 400 meals of everything," said Hendon, saying that the majority of students eat between ll: 15 and 11:55. "We're still throwing away food," she said. "I thought our purpose was to serve the students," said Johnson, that with the restricted hours this year, he "didn't expect reduced service." "One of the biggest problems I have is double orders ... I can't make for that many," said Hodes Hendon explained that they try to allow for double orders and popularity of entrees. She said that she would never refuse a double order, of course, but when a lot of students have double orders, that takes away from how long the food lasts. Hayes brought up times when students have been refused double orders. "Whenever that happens, I want to be notified ... that's a no-no," said Hendon. "It's going to be a challenge to make sure there's enough of everything," said Johnson, but he hopes that in the future Marriott will have a better idea of how much is needed "We'll work on it," Hendon said. Movin' On Up Other issues included the quality and selection of the salad bar and the grill only being open on weekends. Cost turned out to be one of the main inhibitors to improvement. Johnson stressed improving quality of the food and service. "Let's give students everything they want," he said, but reminded Marriott to keep them aware of the prices. "Let's try some upscale stuff." "Somebody's World OUTSIDE THE IVORY TOWER French newspaper, Ouest-France, published photos of large cracks in the Muroroa Atoll where underground nuclear testing has been taking place. The French government has denied that there are any such cracks. An earthquake struck the west coast of Mexico last week, killing at least fifty-five and injuring dozens more. Three days later, Hurricane Rozanne swept across the Yucatan Peninsula, forcing the evacua tion of thousands of tourists. National A $243 billion defense bill was defeated by Republicans in the House be cause of a single pro-choice abortion clause, even though the bill supported the Republican priority of increasing Pentagon spending. An Amtrak train derailed the Ari zona desert last Monday killing a crew member and injuring 78 others. Officials blame the accident on sabotage to the track. An anti-government letter was found near the scene. State and Local Karl R. Tague, chief executive officer of Manatee Memorial Hospital, was arrested last week for accepting an $80,000 kickback from Com-Med Construction & Design Corporation of Bradenton. Com Med president Charles Todd Sprague was also arrested and charged with fraud. David Villelo was arrested while relaxing at a hotel pool for obstructing a Sarasota police investigation. Minutes ear lier, Villelo had pulled a woman out of an auto accident and returned to fetch her purse when he was approached by police and told to leave the scene. Villelo faces up to one year in jail if convicted. going to have to adjust here one way or another," said Hendon. ''I'll work on it. I can't guarantee it, but I'll Buy SellTrade work on it." Meetings of the Food Service Commit tee are planned for once a month. Downtown Sarasota 488 Main St. Sarasota, FL 34236 U.S.A. Monday-Saturday 1 0:00 A.M.6:00 P.M. (813) 366-1373
4 The Catalyst Oct. 17-23,1995 STUDENTS AND POLICE SHARE PERSPECTIVES by Daniel Berke ''We are here to protect students' property, the community, and students themselves, but that doesn't mean the students can commit crimes," University Police Sergeant Eugene O'Casio tated. "We have to prevent crime, inside and outside." While the job of officers is to "serve and protect," what this means varies from students to officers. Second-year student Michael Hutch stated, "A good cop is here to protect students and help them out. .. to be human. They need an ethic of care ... But most cops here follow everything in the rule book, a lot of which is menial." Officer Stephen Mislyan began a discussion on officer perceptions in general by noting, "the biggest problem with law enforcement today is that we don't talk to the media and offer our perspective on events." "[TI1e students] have to realize we're law-enforcing officers," added 0' Casio. O'Casio was concerned that students in recent years are showing some resent ment towards the police: "You look back, and say, 'Was that confrontation neces sary?' if the student goes away upset." However, O'Casio later added, "But sometimes I'm standing outside, just having a smoke, and I'll say 'hi' to anyone who passes by. A lot of the students ignore me, and [I'm] just trying to be sociable." "Eat the Cops," a recent student produced newsletter posted on cafeteria tables, offers a "summary explanation" of campus officers and their "sh ining accomplishments." Fifth-year Dan O'Brien, creator of "Eat the Cops," commented, "I talked to [UPD Officer] Roarty before [I wrote it], because I thought some cops would not take it so well." O'Brien handed the flier out at a Wall, and after an NC "Meet the Cops" function. O Brien added, "Once I realized [the cops] knew I did it, I decided to put it. .. on the tables." O'Casio responded, "When I see something like 'Eat the Cops,' I chuckle and grimace. I laugh because they are half-truths, but get upset when I realize there are people being influenced by this sort of thing." Fourth-year Trip Linnerooth joked, "It's a vicious cycle, see-we pay the parking tickets and they remain here." Later, however, Linnerooth added, "The police here are really good, so we have very little crime, and that's good. But there's a bit of an overkill-there's just so many of them." First-year student Jennifer Latham added, "the cops are also too close to us. It would be perfect if they were located near Shell." First-year student Hazen Komraus stated, "I appreciate them being here, for protection reasons-theft, bad drunks, etc., but it seems like some try to catch you on technicalities." Hutch also stated, "I've had prob lems with menial regulations-like cigarette warnings, and a parking ticket." Amy Andre, a thesis student, also received a ticket, but took an unusual approach. Andre stated, "I got a ticket because I had no parking tag, but noticed that there were three cars next to mine that also had no tags but they were not ticketed. The ticketing system just seems so arbitrary. So I wrote a letter of com plaint, but my appeal was revoked and I never paid. Now I owe a lot more money." Students may resent officers for being subjected to financial fines and/or emotional distress. On the other hand, officers said they aren't too hurt by student actions and newsletters. Officer Harry St. John stated, "Things like 'Eat the Cops' mean nothing. It 's low-key ... I can't think of anything organized to protest officers here. Letters sent to us and newsletters, none of it affects my job." Mislyan stated, "If students aren't saying 'hi' to officers, well, frankly, students have a lot more on their minds than greeting everyone they walk past." Shell employee Ali Blanding noted that working for the local gas station gave her an out-of-the-ordinary student perspective. She stated, "They're just people. If you are good to them they are good to you. They were really good to me this summer [while working at Shell]. When I was there they looked out for me .. even helped me find a place to live." Mislyan added, "I've started cars in the rain, bandaged wounds, even gone to Shell to get someone stomach medicine .. [and] I don't harbor animosity towards anyone. I find it ironic that the people who are the most vocal detractors are often the ones who have been shown the most discretion." O'Casio pointed out a number of other duties all officers engage in yet none are required to do: "Working with the RAs allows them to handle situations [privately], students in distress can be given proper assistance without police intervention. Students come to us and request escorts, key signouts, jump starts, etc. Those things aren't really police work but we do it to help out. The keys [to the Publications Office] are not really our responsibility. But we do it to increase security, and it Jets us know when students are in remote places." Thanks for showing up, Jason by Rachael M. Lininger The October 9th Town Meeting consisted of seven New College Student Alliance officers and Jason Hackney. It lasted only ten minutes. After waiting till 7: 10 for more student President SuJean Chon announced that the Constitutional Reform Committee (consisting of representatives from Student Court, the Student Affairs Council, the New College Student Alliance as a whole, and any students who are interested) will meet Tuesdays at 7:00 in the Fishbowl. She stressed that the meetings are open to everyone; the "Committee" exists mainly so that there are people responsible for seeing the effort through. There will be a meeting in the Fitness Center at 2:15 P.M. on Wednes day, October 25. The wall behind the Lounge (facing the corridor from the front to the back of Hamilton Center) will soon be a dedicated Student Government bulletin board.
The Catalyst Oct. 17-23, 1995 5 ASK DEAN MIKE by Rachael M. Lininger Dean and Warden Gordon E. "Mike" Michalson met for an hour with students in Hamilton Center to discuss campus issues. About fifteen tudents attended at lea t part of the meeting. First-year Heather Mcintosh asked why New College as a campus was not more environmentally aware, both at the instructional and administrative levels. "I am distressed and frustrated that New College's literature [i.e the admissions viewbook] made it seem that New College was a green campus that offered an environmental studies program," she aid, noting that there is no dedicated environmental studie department. She was also concerned about maintenance practices-such as the use of non recyclable light-bulbs-and wanted environmental considerations to be more of a factor in current and future construc tion efforts. Michalson agreed, saying, "Envi ronmental sensitivity goes beyond interest in the moment," but noted that, "if it comes down to dollars and cents the institution will do what it can afford, and that might not always be right." NCSA Vice-President Jessica Falcone, a second-year student, asked, "How much power do we have ... to change [the Master Plan]?" "A lot," Michalson an wered. ... I sort of got taken kicking and screaming into the whole Master Plan thing, because there have been plans before that never got funded. Which isn t to say that nothing in the Master Plan will get funded." Of the various construction projects around campus, MichaJson said, "It's not my job to cast aspersions on such hardworking folk, but construction here is a very slow and ungainly process." He explained that construction here is controlled by a Board of Regents-not New College or the University Program or even Tampa. He hopes that the roof in Pei will be repaired "next summer" and said about the new Natural Sciences facilities, "Rick Lyttle is still reasonably optimistic we can have groundbreaking in the spring," despite the fact that the head of the design team had been replaced because he was too slow. "The initial plan [for the building's exterior] looked sort of like a Victorian prison," he added. That plan has since been changed. "Because Sarasota is an artsy fartsy town, not a science town, money comes in hand-over-fist for arts buildings, but we have to hunt forever for funds for sciences buildings," Michalson said, exp laining why Natural Sciences has had to wait thirty years for new lab facilities. There will be a new painting studio/art gallery built behind the Caples Fine Arts Complex and connected to it with an arcade The old painting studio will be turned into a darkroom. Because the donor has specified a painting building, there's no money to improve sculpture facilities. The new gallery may coordinate with the Ringling Museum. Humanities Repre sentative and Catalyst reporter Matthew Grieco asked about USF's refusal to grant Professors David Dykstra and Robert Knox the title of Profes or Emeritus. Michal son said that this had been a long-standing dispute between New College and the University, but wasn't sure that he wanted to press too hard on it. "I don't want to blow all the clout we have on a non-resource issue," he said. However, he did suggest conferring on them a special New College title that Tampa couldn't control. Michalson also promised to talk with the USF foreign-study office about sharing more infor mation with the Career Center here Currently, students have to drive to Tampa to find out some information. Minutes of the SAC Meeting Monday, October 9, 1995 Meeting convened at 9:00 P.M. All members in attendance except Christa Polley and Jake Reimer All votes were unanimous except where otherwise indicated Fool for Love Willie Volk requested 56.85 for props for his play and $70.00 for theater supplies including paint, brushes, nails, and tape. These s upplie s will be kept in the Equipment Room for future use. Lisa Stampnitzky abstained from voting. allocation: $126.00 "Crafty Study Break"-Megan Hayes requested $50.00 on behalf of the R .A. 's to buy craft supplies and coffee for a study break to take place Tuesday, October I 0. David Salinas abstained from voting. allocation: $50.00 Chaim Potok-Kayla Drogosz requested $1200.00 to cover part of Chaim Potok's honorarium for speak ing at New College and $300.00 to cover his travel and lodging expenses. Keyoor Patel abstained from voting. allocation: $1500.00 Theater Equipment-Doug MacDonald and Heather Oliver requested $2428.00 for lighting control sy tern which includes one light board channel controller, three dimmer packs, one I 00' control cable and one 50' control cable, plus shipping and handling. Money was allocated for all but one of the dimmer packs and the 50' cable allocation: $1784.00 Other business: Meg Moore and Lisa Starnpnitzky volunteered to serve as SAC representatives on the Constitu tional Reform Committee. Meeting adjourned at 10:15 P.M. Minutes prepared by David Salinas, SAC Secretary.
6 The Catalyst Oct. 17-23, 1995 STUDENTS OFFER ALTERNATIVE FOOD SOURCE by Matthew Grieco Are you fed up (or unfed) by Marriott? The high prices? The lack of options for vegetarians and vegans? Through Tofu Not Tanks the New College Food Cooperative you can purchase not only organically-grown health food items but also detergent, bug pray, shampoo, lip balm, deodorant, sunblock, and other personal care items Ordering from the co-op is straight forward. Most likely, you have noticed the small brown table by the window in the Hamilton Center lobby (on the right as you enter). On it is a catalog which lists all of the items available through the co op, and a box to put completed order forms in. Orders go out to Orange Blos som Cooperative Warehouse once a month, come in about five days later, and you don't pay until your food arrives. The catalog is also on reserve in the library. Each month, two New College stu dents volunteer to coordinate the order for that month The most recent order (which arrived Thursday, October 12) was coordinated by tudents Sofia Memon and Fanny Fitch. Memon cited two reasons for start ing up the co-op this year She likes the philosophy behind the system : "Coopera tives are alternative economic structure s Some Co-op Prices Plain Bagels, 24 oz ........ $1.28 Red Kidney Beans, I lb ....... $1.75 Corn Flakes, 9 oz ......... $2 89 Macaroni and Cheese, 6 oz. . . . $1. 17 Apple Juice, 1 gallon ....... $7.65 Multigrain Pancake Mix, 2 lbs ........... $4.60 Whole Wheat Spaghetti, 14 oz ......... $2.16 Swiss Cheese, 120 slices ............ $14.37 that at best try to keep the workplace egalitarian and try to work for better liv ing conditions and a minimum wage ... Developing food co-ops has historically been and continues to be a significant part of creating participatory democratic infraCONSTRUCTION DIARY by Graham Strouse Here's the latest information on NC Construction, straight from Campus Architect Rick Lyttle : West Side Student Center: "It's coming along well", said Lyttle. Bill Newbill and Thorpe Construction are ahead of schedule. The structural steel for the roof should start going up today. C-Building: You might be curious what those big trenches snaking around the north side side of C Building are for "That's the telecommunications wiring," said Lyttle. Academic Affairs is moving from the second floor of Palmer D to the first floor Palmer C, and they need computers. The plan is to run fiber optic cable through from Palmer A to C through the trenches. "We should be done by mid November", said Lyttle, who expects Academic Affairs to move their offices over Thanksgiving or Christmas Break. Final modifications to C Building won't be completed until this summer, says Lyttle. The vending machines will stay where they are until Thorpe Con struction finishes with the Student Center College Hall: The second tloor re modeling is almost complete. The contractors are painting the walls now. The offices should be occupant ready by the end of the month. Professors, start your engines! The Betty Isserman Fine Arts Building comes to us courtesy of Mr. and Mrs Isserman s $350,000 donation and a matching fund from Tallahasse. It's a 5,500 foot addition to art instructor Gail Mead's fine arts studio that's slated to include a critique gallery, a life drawing studio, and a water color studio. New College has yet to select an architect. The Pei Dorm Stairs: They're baaack! The 1st court stairs passed inspection when the fue marshall came last Thursday to inspect them. Unfortunately, the bottom stair on the 2nd Court riser is above the state mandated three-fourths of an inch stair differential maximum. Lyttle plans to have Len-Ray Contractors re-do the stair over winter break. Presumably, stair project supervisor Leslie Thomas will be thrilled to come back. structures ... The other reason I got it started is that nobody likes Marriott, and the Granary is expensive." Tofu Not Tanks is a cooperative on two levels Not only is the New College end of the line handled entirely by volun teers, but the warehouse from which New College orders is a co-op as well. The Or ange Blossom Cooperative Warehouse, located in Gainesville, Florida, i mem ber-owned and operated and buys all of its food from local organic farms. It's also a good cause, said Memon, because Or ange Blossom actively supports The Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice Fitch said she likes the co-op be cause, "I like to have more of a concep tion of where my food comes from and what happens to it." She also likes being able to "use consumer power to support harmonizing with our environment. It's a simpler route when you don t have to pay a high-shot executive." If you are interested in volunteer ing for the New College Food Co-Op, contact Fanny Fitch at Box 316. WANTED: BUSINESS MANA(jER Apply now for position of "Business Manager" and you too can participate in the maintenance of The Catalyst's records and accounts, handle correspondence with corporations, secure local advertising, maintain relations with advertisers, work with layout people on ad design an dkeep a journal of all business contacts. Experience in schmoozing is strongly recommended; a car is a plus. The time commitment is at least six hours per week in addition to three weekly staff meetings. Possible tutorial credit for second module. Exciting co workers. Flexible hours. Loss of dignity. The Catalyst--the real route to incredible, cosmic power.
The Catalyst Oct. 17-23, 1995 7 ALICIA QUINTANO AT NEW COLLEGE by Evan Greenlee Everyone has suff ered problems with self-esteem and rel a t io nships After her performance E s cape from Fosdick", it was clear that Alici a Quintana has suffered more than her share Two weeks ago Thursday Octob e r 12, while most students w e re busy studying for midterms Quintano told a small audience her story ab o ut bad r e lati o n s h ips and ea ting disorders. When Quintana w as working for an acting company in Virginia s he met Fosdick, a guy who loved her more than she liked him They s t a yed together for several ye a rs, and during that time Quintana suffered fro m almost every eating disorder known Her life moved onto a more normal tr a ck after she left Fosdick Foll o wing the s tory was a discus sion. A few students s tayed behind and discussed their problems. After the night was through, Quintan a had helped settle many students disquietudes and guided one student into exploring storytelling. Quintana was a wonderful speaker. The audience never seemed to lose interest or yawn while she spoke. She was brought here by the Counseling Center and Student Activities. The only problem with the performance was the timing, but the Thursday of midterms was the only time she had available Quintana has always been attracted to acting and performing. Her father was a musician. She says that her interest in acting started with the first grade role Mary Queen of Scots. From first grade to college she acted in everything that she could. In college she got her first role in a big performance. She hasn't acted her entire life For many years she worked as a temporary typist. Throughout her life she has been drawn to acting however, and the periods when she was typing were short. LOOKING FOR A CHEAP DATE? by Rocky Swift Hey! Want to go to a play! No? What about a cheap play? Still no? Okay, the plays are free and they are performed by our very own, multi-talented New College performers. Yay! I thought that would convince you. Performers here at New College have extra-hard resp o nsibilities in turning out dramatic performances. Fortunately for us fans, dedicated students have been hard at work to bring New College several plays this year. Organizers must put in a tremen dous amount of work not only in putting the play together, but in scrounging up the funds and facilities to pull it off. Second year student Heather Oliver is putting together a Performing Arts Data Base to facilitate the organization of perfor mances. The data base would keep track of the skills and experience of actors, writers, performers, and stagehands. The Student Affairs Council has provided considerable support for theater this year-providing lights, a light board, two dimmers and new color gel Drama ala Novo Collegian Antigone Heather Oliver's interpretation of the famous Greek tragedy will be performed for students on December 8th and 9th. Fool for Love Willie Yolk has put together this Tennessee Williams play as part of his thesis project. Performances are scheduled for November 17th and 18th. Twenty-Seven Wagons of Cotton Tennessee Williams is popular this year. Meg Hayes is directing and producing this Williams play. Perfor mance is scheduled for December 2. Imaginary Invalid First-year student Aubrey Hobart is directing this classic by Moliere as part of an ISP by Steve Wilder Welcome to the first installment of the Silicon Jungle, a weekly column exploring computers and the Internet. This installment is a primer for jacking in" from wherever you are Getting an Internet Account To get an account on Virtu (New College s Internet server), Take your student I.D to room 227 of Palmer Building A during office hours (Monday Friday, 10:00 A.M.-5:00P. M.) and request one from the secretary there They'll photocopy your I.D and make you fill out a rudimentary form After about a week, go back to PMA 227 to get your account information. Once you have a Virtu account, you can access most of the Net. More importantly, you will have an E-mail address, which you can use to send and receive mail over the Internet. You will also be able to access USENET (Net-lingo for newsgroups, which are basically electronic bulletin boards) and the World Wide Web. Getting a Mac Lab File Server Account To acquire a Mac Lab file server account, get a form from the envelope on the wall next to the Equipment Room door inside Hamilton Center, fill it out, and give it to one of the Mac Lab TAs (Rocco Maglio, Rachacl Lininger, or yours truly) A file server account allows you to save files in the Mac Lab and Publica tions Office to the file server Mac in the TA Office. You won't have to drag a disk to the lab all the time, or worry about someone deleting your thesis from a Quadra's hard drive. Getting a TribeLink Account For those who already have an Internet account and a computer and modem in their room, TribeLink allows students to use programs uch as Netscape, Telnet, and Fetch from their rooms instead of the Publications Office. To obtain an account on TribeLink, send e-mail to email@example.com or drop a note in Box 384. -Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Drop a note in box 594, or E-mail the Mac Daddy at firstname.lastname@example.org
8 The Catalyst Oct. 17-23, 1995 A FIELD GUIDE TO FUNNY LITTLE PILLS by Graham Strouse At some point, many of us become dissatisfied with the doldrums of ordinary every day existence. Some people get into crocheting basket weaving or bullfight ing Some find religion Others prefer to search for God (or at least a good time) by chemical means For world shattering mind melding-wham-bam-l am-Superman experiences, many pharmacologically inclined folks turn to psychedelic stimulants or barbiturates I don t advocate drug use. I do believe, however, that anyone whose going to imbibe a powerful intoxicant ought to educate themselves about their drug of choice. Getting a little buzzed off a couple of bong hits is one thing ... dropping acid, snorting powdered Ritalin or swallowing a brown flecked tab of ecstasy is another. LSD: D-lysergic acid dythalimide. LSD is a synthetic compound that works on the diencephalon the middle part of the brain that helps regulate sense perception, body temperature, and emotions-thus causing one s perceptions of the universe to become wacky. It's taken as liquid, paper or liquid on paper and may be cut with strychnine, heroin or PCP in paper form LSD is a powerful drug. 35 pounds could trip America. Acid kicks in about 30 minutes to an hour after you drop. There's a "rush" sensation, as your blood makes a beeline up the carotid toward your brain. Your jaw clenches up, your eyes dilate, and it's off to Ia-Ia land. After that, it's like that old game show "Press Your Luck." You might get $5,000 ; the new hou eboat; or a red-tailed, pitchfork-wielding whammy. Some people just get really jittery, anxious, and paranoid for twelve hours or so. Most people become physically sen itized, and visual and aural hallucina tions are common, particularly during the ''peak," which can lasts from one to four hours. You may or may not get visuals. Visuals can include everything from distance distortion to downright weird ness. Your world may turn smurf blue; the floor might start bubbling; you might see visions of death metal album covers in the walls of the bathroom stalls. Then again, you may just get hyper-stimulated, start thinking in new and interesting ways, or suspect your best friends of plotting against you. If you trip, avoid anxiety provok ing stimulations, be wary of excessive stimulation (for some people that includes Walls and PCPs) and make sure you ve got a friend around to baby-sit, preferably someone who's tripped before and has some idea what's going on in your head. Also, it can't hurt to find some sort of physical referent in case the laws of physics start to misbehave. Check your watch from time to time. I guarantee the seconds will tick by as usual. And remember, above all, you are not the lizard king. You can not do anything. The drop from the second floor balconies may look short, but it ain't. If you're having a bad trip, try to think about something el e, remember that it'll all be over in a few hours, and/or find an R.A. armed with vitamin B-1 and niacin. That compound encourages acid molecules to unglue themselves from your neurons. One more thing, if you have any history of schizophrenia or manic depression, acid is a very, very bad idea Some theorists believe that scizophrenics and manic-depressives already suffer from an imbalance in their neurotransmit ters. Imagine standing in a fine mist of gasoline with a zippo lighter. Flick switch on zippo. Inhale. Ecstasy: Metheylenedimethoxymethamphetamine (MDMA). "X" is a methamphetamine derivative invented in 1914 for use as an appetite suppressant. And my what an appetite suppressant it is. X makes people really, really happy with themselves, the world, and even the Christian Coalition It sensitizes you, makes your heart beat faster, your body sweat and your scalp tingle It may also cause muscle tension, nausea, and blurred vision. Some X ers get mellow. Others wrap themselves in feather boas and run around Palm Court screaming Ecstasy stimulates the release of seroto nin, a neurotransmitter that modulates your mood, among other things X is not hallucinogenic and mo t trips Ia t four to six hours, with a one hour start up time It's a speedy sort of drug, so make certain that you get lots of fluid ; most ex-related fatalities are due to dehydration Ecstasy is synthesized as a bitter white powder which is often pressed into pills If there are any little brown specks in the x flecks in the pill, you might want to ask what they arc. X is sometimes cut with heroin. Even if there are no funny brown flecks, you might what to ask what s in the it. There are X-like meth compounds that can cause a Parkinson's Disease like disorder called Lock-in Syndrome. Lock-in Syndrome leaves it s victims with the mental facilities of a small child. Many people find X very cathartic It may not be a doorway to new percep tions, but it can release pent up emotions make awkward social situations more fluid, make you want to hug everyone in sight. Most people I've talked to seem to like X-ing with friends. Now if these friends happen to be special friends then make sure that you leave out appropriate protection ahead of time. Ecstasy can potentially be a dangerous drug. Unlike acid, which has negilible physical toxixity, X may cause morthoplogical changes in the serotonin receptors in the human brain. Studies conflict on this matter. It is likely your serotonin level will be low for a while after you X. Since serotonin depletion is one of the prime causes of clinical depression, don't be surprised if you're singin' the blues for a day or two after wards. One more thing, ecstasy interacts badly (as in it's potentially deadly) with most MAOI (Monoaminine Oxidase Inhibitors), including many antidepres sants. Shrooms: Pscilocybin. Another
The Catalyst Oct. 17-23, 1995 9 p s ychedelic. It' s sort of like a c id-lite. Many of the same effects occur but without the intensity or duration Good schrooms are generally brown, with white fringe and cap They re eaten or occasionally, smoked Bad schroom s, like toadstools are quite poisonous and can kill you. Don t eat them. Rufino!: Formerly a prescription only tranquilizer Rufino! is no longer legally av a ilable fr o m physicians. Physicians, howev e r are one of th o se minor obstacles that the truly ded i cated will always find their way around. Rufis act like a muscular qualude. They sedate, make it hard to hate. You' ll love your mate and feel quite comfort ably numb. You will get very sleepy after a while Some people will tell you that rufinol is used to tr a nquilize large farm animals. Generally, these are people who don t want you to take it. Eating more than one rufinol at a time isn t usually n ec essary Drinking alcohol while doing rufis can be fatal. Herbal Ecstasy: Herbal ecstasy is a legally available compound made from a combination of valerian root ginkgo biloba ginseng and other ancient Chinese secrets. Chemically, it' s close to amphetamines It s also legal. You can get 10 little blue pills for 20 bucks at Vitamin Depot. A standard dose is five pills. Third Court R.A Julie Allen isn t real fond of herbal X. She took twice the recommended dosage one night and ended up cooking in her juices till dawn Said Allen: "It felt to me like I'd taken way too many ephedrine." Another student said "I took five pills. It was real nice." His girlfriend described her experience with herbal ex as "mellow." She said that the first two to three hours were fun but the herbal X hung on long after she wanted it to. Her heartbeat pounded at about three times its normal rate and she wasn't able to eat anything until about eight or nine the next evening. Herbal X is somewhat like ecstasy in that it kicks your emotions in motion, makes your skin tingle and causes you to sweat like Secretariat at Churchill Downs. It's not going to give you Lock in Syndrome, however, nor will it land you in jail. Ritalin: Ritalin is a prescription only psycho-stimulant typically prescribed to people diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder When it works right, it stabilizes the dopamine flow and focus the a ttention deprived Most folks just get high when they take it. Given the sort of students New College attracts it isn't hard to imagine why there s so much of the stuff kicking around Other common stimulants include ephedrine, an asthma medication that you c ould buy at the Shell station until Florida banned it last year and pseudoephedrine ephedrine's legal baby brother. I shall be blunt about Ritalin. My physician prescribed Ritalin to me last spring on my request and I became a speed freak The first week was great Emotions flared. I could laugh cry, work out like a maniac, and read Wuthering Heights cover to cover overnight. I also lost ten pounds, couldn't eat and kept falling asleep in class because I stayed up all night. I had kept on taking more of the stuff because my brain s dopamine supply barrel was being scraped clean. With any sort of speed you reach a point of diminishing returns and you reach it fast The crash that follows the Ritalin high is something that Dante might reserve for blasphemers when Lucifer's mouths are full of Judases. Thus speaketh the drug fairy. [Information for this article was gathered from drug FAQ's on the Internet and confirmed by Dr. Richard James, a Bradenton psychiatrist. Some of the information about acid came from The Drug Beat by Allen Geller and Maxwell Boas. Some information on X came from an on-line article from the FDA's Comsumer Information Magazine.] Suggestions for a safer Halloween Party Lock your doors (unless you want to meet new and intoxicated people in your bathroom and bed) Don't accept strange candy, food or drinks ... stick to prepackaged stuff. Look after your friends for the evening. There are plenty of unpre dictable strangers on campus. Drink lots of water--your body will thank you for it in the morning. Your friends here at the Catalyst have decided to give a helping hand to those of you who just don't know what you'll wear to attend the star-studded gala ball that is PCP! Hurrican e Opal. Strap a 2x4 on your back. Decorate your shirt with a few shin g les Put some palm leaves on your pants Put some large balls of cotton in your hands. Swing your arms in wild c ircles. M a ke a lot of wooshing" noises Buy a pair of Blu Biockers and go as the Unabomber. New College after a Wall. Make a statement that you care about the environ ment. Protest the Walls at a PCP. Hang all the beer cans and bottles off your clothing. Glue all the cigrette butts to your shirt. Find one of those palm tree head bands, the kind with springs. Make a lot of "grogging noises. Officer Mislyan Arrest real cops for imperson a tion A v a mpire! No one's ever thought of that. Big teeth! A cape! Scary! Be the RAM chip thief. Carry a screw driver and look nervously over your shoulder from time to time Go up to skinny guys in glasses and flash open your coat briefly, telling them you have an offer they can't refuse. If Officer Roarty walks by, mutter an excuse and run off. Go as a psychopath. Dress as you normally would. Bill Gates. Use large words improperly Design software on the spot and distribute it immediately. Try incessantly to look like someone else who has a much better costume. Steal RAM chips Ed Crumbley & the Shrimp. Just be super-cool and play music at a volume similar to that of a 747 taking off. John Moore. Laugh very loudly and happily Tell long stories. Carry a large mug of ... coffee. A blancmange! Nancy Ferraro. At various points, tell people when they're schedulded. Don't explain. A bourgeois pig. Go as your favorite Catalyst reporter. Dress really well. Impress lots of people. Seduce attractive individuals. Deny being in costume. Then run off and say you'll see them tomorrow.
10 The Catalyst Oct. 1 7-23, 1 995 by Amanda Loos "Sex on a plate That's how first year Alicia Luguri described the Greek dishes served at El Greco Cafe in down town Sarasota. You can plug in any term you'd like in place of "sex," but the point remains; dining at El Greco is a blissful experience. A large picture window exposes Main Street to the kitchen where feta cheese and olives are dancing and whole chickens are roasting on a spit. My initial "ugh" feeling faded as I entered into the warmly lit dining area with green plants hanging along pillars and pictures of the architecture and blue skies of Greece dotting the walls. The restaurant was able and willing to accommodate a large group; the back of the dining room was vacated as the ten of us entered. While the plucking Greek bouzouki music played cheerily around us, we perused the menus. The prices were on the expensive side: appetizers were $3.50 and $4.50, entrees in the range of $7.95 and up (way up), and drinks $1.00 (with free refills) As the food quickly filled our table in layers, however, and our taste SEX ON A P L ATE buds jumped at the wide array of combi nations, the word "money" receded into the background. "It was an excellent restaurant," said second-year Heather Oliver. "The first item on the menu was flaming goat cheese." The Sanganaki wasn't actually flaming, but definitely sizzling. El Greco Cafe 1592 Main Street, Sarasota Phone 365-2234 FAX 365-4942 Lunch ll :00, Dinner 5:00-10:00. The exotic-sounding names of the food brought on exotic-sounding reac tions. Wild gestures and eyeball-rolling sighs never formed into words as the soups, salads, olives, Tzatziki sauce and pita bread appetizers made their way to our mouths. During the main course, we found words again. "This is so good, it's obscene," said first-year Jen Ballin of her Dolmades-rice and seasonings wrapped in grape leaves. "These meatballs melt in your mouth," said first-year Sanna Stubblebine. The Combination Platter, a whop ping $12.95, was a fabulous and filling option for two cooperative people. This included Pastitso (macaroni, ground beef, and sauce with a rich cream sauce), Dolmades, Tiropita (feta cheese and seasonings in a phyllo crust), and Moussaka (eggplant, potatoes, beef and tomato sauce, baked in cream sauce ) Vegetarian dishes were offered as well. Cheese was a main ingredient in most items on the menu, but cooks gladly "held the cheese" for vegans. El Greco's take-out menu includes sandwiches, burgers, "Famous Pan Pizza," and "It's All Greek To Me" items Lunch prices are less steep; $5 $10 buys a sandwich and a drink. The pizzas and Stromboli are in the $10$15 range. Orders can also be faxed. The bill for six of us at one table, including rich chocolate cake and Galaktoboureko dessert, came to $65.60. Roughly eleven dollars a piece for ultimate taste bud bliss. Food-inspired conversation on the way back to campus included drugs and out-of-body experiences. BUCCANEER FAN OF THE WEEK: A DREAM COME TRUE Bucs Talk with James Todd "We're now a winning team. There's a lot of character and a lot of heart ... This team is eight and three over the last eleven regular-season games-we're eleven and four if you count the pre season; so the last fifteen times this team has suited up, this team's won eleven of them. They're used to winning and that's exactly how we're going into the game against Minnesota expecting to win," said coach Sam Wyche at a press confer ence the day after the October 8th win against the Cincinnati Bengals, which put the Bucs' 1995 record at 4-2 and the Bucs at the top of their division. Wyche's comments came to mind as I got ready for the October 15th game against the Minnesota Vikings. However, I had no idea what was in store for me. The day started with a perfect tailgate party. Actually, I was about seven minutes late to the game because of the festivities. However I wasn't too late to miss cornerback Martin Mayhew's 78-yard fumble return for a Tampa Bay touch down! The crowd was ecstatic with a 14-6 halftime lead; I ended up screaming and slapping high-fives with fifteen to twenty people in my section. About two minutes into the third quarter, it happened. First I saw the camera man focus in on me. Next I saw the cheerleaders moving towards me, waving their porn poms. I looked up at the giant TV screen overlooking the stadium, and there I was, with the caption in large letters, "FAN OF THE WEEK." I went wild in front of the camera, yelling "Bucs are number 1!" A cheerleader presented me with a game football, a shirt, a hat and other prizes. A minute later the moment was over; but the memories will last a lifetime. I was the envy of my section, and it seemed as though a dream had come true. The dream was almost ruined when the Viking's kicker Fuad Reveiz had a chance to win the game in overtime. I told Ron, who sits next to me, "Dude, this day has gone too good for us to lose." Reveiz missed. The peak moment of the game came as we watched Michael Husted kick the second longest overtime field goal in NFL history (51 yards) for the win. The victory put the Bucs' record at 5-2, and on top of their division for the second week in a row. Fifteen people in my row escorted me out of the stadium yelling, "Fan of the week!" As we slapped high-fives with departing fans by our tailgate tent, I recognized a familiar face in the distance: Dr. Fred Strobel of New College. A high five and a quick "How 'bout them Bucs!" conversation with Dr. Strobel defined the situation: the Buccaneers are winning and it's time to be proud fans. Who knows ... you could be the next fan of the week!
The Catalyst Oct. 17-23, 1995 EDITORIAL: ETIQUETTE Miss Manners would frown upon the Publications Office. In the past month, we've had grand theft, a bloody nose, and plenty of grumbling because some fail to observe Publications Office etiquette. It's time to set the rules straight: If you're playing games or surfing the Internet for non-school purposes, be willing to give it up for someone doing schoolwork. Don't make anyone ask twice. 11 If you're trying to do choolwork, ask nicely for someone to give up a computer. Don't assume that game-player or E-mail-checker is a big jerk unless he or she acts like one. If you do run into big jerks, ask a TA to combat their big jerkness by kicking them off for you. Keep the noise down. If someone asks, tum down the sound on your monitor and reduce conversations to whispers. As has been noted, "the mental state of thesis student =the mental state of postal employees." Don't tempt fate. Don't weasel out of checking out the key after hours. Always have your student I.D. with you, and don't play deaf when someone asks for someone else to check out the key. It's really not that far a walk to the Cop Shop. Honest. If someone needs to play tag team with the key, agree to check it out or get out. "I'll be done in a few minutes" doesn't help someone who's trying to get out of there now. BYOP. If you find blank paper lying around the Publications Office or in the printer, chances are it's for someone else's use. If you don't mind using the backs of someone else's paper, you can usually dig some out of the recycling bin. However, bring your own just to be safe. Clean up after yourself. It's a privilege to munch while typing, so respect that freedom by throwing out or recyc l ing what you don't take with you. Leaving food and garbage increases the health hazard (as if the mold on the ceiling wasn't enough), and clutters up an already crowded room. Failure to observe these rules is treason. BOO! LETTER TO THE EDITOR THE Q UEEN ON STU D ENT C O URT A Word. Before my days as Queen, I was Chief Justice of the Student Court (1988-89) I found that I had to stay in close communication with the Campus Police and the Student Affairs office regarding student infractions or such infractions would not be referred to the court. The degree to which the administration and the police cooperated in referring cases was directly propor tional to their perception of how serious the court was in handling such disputes. The NC Student Court is empowered by the Florida Legislature. Court members have a serious duty and they need to make themselves known to the students they need to let fo l k know that they are there to handle their con cerns and disputes. As to whether cross-dressing when sitting for cases is still (or should be) the rule, I cannot say; it certainly seemed to put defendants more at their ease. -Queen Anse l "PCP ... a bacchanal of sorts ... I don't remember much about it ... there were goats everywhere ... -Elvis Presley CELEBRATE SAFELY TillS SATURDAY $2off LUNCH BUFFET $2off REGULARLY: $5.99 MONDAY-FRIDAY DAILY VEGETARIAN ITEMS AVAILIBLE THAI PATTAYA RESTAURANT ALSO GOOD FOR $2.00 OFF ANY ENTREE Offer expires 10/16/95 6233 14TH STREET WEST BRADENTON, FL 34207 ACROSS FROM BLOCKBUSTERS $2off LUNCH BUFFET $2off
12 The Catalyst Oct. 17-23, 1995 Wed. Oct. 25 3:30pm Resume Writing & Cover Letters Workshop, Hamilton Center-Fishbowl Mon. Oct. 30 5:00pm Resume Writing & Cover Letters Workshop, PME213 Tue. Oct. 31 2:00-4:00 pm Harvard Divinity School, Hamilton Ctr-Fishbowl Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad: The National Security Education Program (NSEP) has announced the 3rd annual competition for scholarships for study abroad. NSEP was designed to provide American undergraduates with the financial resources they need to acquire skills and experience in less commonly studied languages and cultures. The program is open to US citizens, freshman through senior (there is a separate program for graduate research abroad) in all academic disciplines. NSEP scholarships can be applied to study abroad in countries outside Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Study of a foreign language is required for all proposals. The amount of the award can vary from the full cost of participation in a study-abroad program to partial support. The program is highly competitive, but New College students have been quite success ful in securing scholarships in the past. The application process is demanding and time consuming, but for those who persevere, the result could be a generous and prestigious award. The deadline for applying is December 15, 1995. For more information, contact Karen Patriarca in the Career Center, PME or 359-4261. The American Institute for Foreign Study: The American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) annually offers semester scholarships of $1000 and summer study scholarships of $500. The awards must be used on applicable AIFS sponsored program. Deadline for summer is March 15 and for fall semester, April 15. For more information contact Karen Patriarca in the Career Center, PME or 359-4261. New from The Carnegie Endowment: The Junior Fellows Program at the Endowment is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. The Endowment is on a full-time basis for one year in Washington, D.C. Monthly salary is $1,792. Application deadline is January 15, 1996. Please contact the Career Resource Center, PME-119 or 359-4261. ANNOUNCEMENTS Professors Malena Carrasco and Laszlo Deme will be reviewed by the PAC on November 3 and November 10, respectively. The PAC assessment will include an evaluation of each faculty member's teaching, scholarship and research, and community service. If your knowledge of either professor extends into these areas, we would appreciate your comments. The information we seek is not simply a "for or against" vote, but rather a critical evaluation. All letters concerning Professor Carrasco must be in the file by October 27, those concerning Professor Deme must be in by November 3. Letters will be filed in the Dean and Warden's personnell c: r Alien Economists -records and will be available only to authorized individu als (including the person about whom the letter is written and, of course, PAC members). Anonymous letters cannot be used. Send letters to John McDiarmid, Division of Humanities. c -.:::: A reminder that letters must be received by November 1 about the following candidates for tenure and promotion: ..... o Professors Keith Fitzgerald, David Mullins, John f Newman, Glenn Cuomo. E Send letters to John F. McDiarmid, Division of Humani0 <.? f/) ties. u The following items have been lost or stolen: $1500 of :S: RAM & software from the Publications Office, Barbara Berggren's grey office chair, at least 2 sets of Macintosh =:=:; System 7.5 Installation disks from the Equipment Room, i} a guy named Steve's bicycle from First Court, and one GM ..c cheeseless, meatball pizza fromthe Second Court Lounge belonging to Sanna Stubblebine. Surely all of these items were just "misplaced" so if anyone does come across them please take action to have them returned to their rightful owners. Theft? Noooo. Not at New College.